One of the benefits of being President of the United States has obtained travel to some of the most spectacular places on the planet. Maybe even better is to get a reputable photographer Pete Souza to document these trips with images of you and your family.
barack obama would know. The former Commander-in-Chief and executive producer and narrator of the new Netflix series Our major national parks recalls in an accompanying video some of the trips they took together, flipping through photos his ‘boyfriend’ Souza took of him, the former First Lady michelle obama and their daughters, Malia and Sashaas chief photographer during the Obamas’ eight years in the White House.
Below is a look at what President Obama and Souza had to say about tours of the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Yosemite, Patagonia and Alaska National Parks, including why agents secret service with them became “the most nervous they had ever seen”. summer” in a few places.
“We were so confined to the White House,” Obama, 60, said in the video of their walk down memory lane. “Each time we were on one of these trips and you could suddenly see reminders of what this planet has to offer and emotions that were stirred…I always came back feeling different in a way that no other experience had given me.”
The series in five episodes Our major national parks, now streaming on Netflix, takes viewers to some of the world’s most iconic national parks across five continents. From Kenya to California to Chile, the show zooms in on the parks’ fascinating residents – like the adorable kodkod, the smallest species of wild cat in the Americas, filmed at Chilean Laguna San Rafael National Park for the first time or one of the few remaining Super Tusker elephants roaming the vast wilderness of Kenya’s Tsavo National Parks.
Going into these remote places “reminds you that what you’re doing is just the blink of an eye when it comes to the planet,” Obama said in his chat with Souza. “In that humility, that sense that you’re just a small part of a huge web of life – I hope it makes you a better steward of the planet and makes you feel a little more responsible for the preserve it for future generations. Plus, it makes for great photos.”
Obama — whose legacy includes establishing and expanding protections for more than 550 million acres of U.S. public lands and waters, more than any other president in history — and other conservation groups hope Our major national parks viewers will be equally inspired by the beautiful wild places on the planet.
“The park rangers and probably the Secret Service behind me got quite nervous,” Souza says in the video of the image of President Obama approaching a ledge in Grand Canyon National Park.
“I was getting a little too close,” “Kind of like my mom was the first time I went to the Grand Canyon when I was 11,” Obama says of “getting a little too close.”
“These caves were remarkable,” Obama says, looking at an image from a trip to Carlsbad Caverns State Park with his wife and daughters. “I didn’t expect them to be as massive as they were. One thing you always get an impression of is what it must have been like if you were one of the first people to to really see these places and to study them – the amount of courage that would be involved.”
Speaking of courage…
“There came a time when they turned off all the lights,” the president recalls. “You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face.”
“It’s the most nervous the Secret Service has ever been because they couldn’t see you. You disappeared,” Souza said. “It was pretty scary.”
Calling it “as breathtaking a landscape as I’ve ever seen”, the former president recalls in the video having “passed by these waterfalls” amidst rainbows formed by the mist and the whole family Obama getting wet while visiting Yosemite National Park.
“Sasha always brings up this particular place and this particular trip as a place she always wants to go back to,” Obama says of her daughter. “I’m sure at some point she will, probably with her own children.”
Capturing on film the Marine One presidential helicopter at sunset eclipsing Yosemite’s iconic granite rock formation, Half Dome, was Souza’s “best memory” of the trip, he says.
“It was spectacular to see this helicopter arrive,” he adds.
When Obama tried to get his own photo of the “crystalline” glacial lakes surrounding Argentina’s Patagonia Mountains, Souza offered a pro tip.
“That’s when I was trying to get you to turn the phone horizontally to get, you know, a wider landscape,” the photographer recalls.
“You often gave me instructions on my photography,” Obama replies.
Calling it “one of the best trips we’ve ever taken during my presidency,” Obama describes Alaska as “grand” and “wild,” with “a sense of scale and majesty in almost every aspect. parts of that State”.
So wild, in fact, that he had a close encounter with a fish.
“One of our most enduring memories is when I reeled in a salmon that was handed to me by two fisherwomen,” Obama said. “One of them apparently decided to breed on my shoe. I still remember her saying, ‘They really like you.'”